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Spring Fling

Per the cherry blossoms in full bloom, spring has sprung on the west coast. It is also in full bloom at Anthropologie. This post is a dedicated roundup of Anthro home items to help usher the new season into your space. 

1. Blooming watercolor wallpaper // Would look great in a kids rooms, or in a powder room.

2. Colorado footed bowl // Great centerpiece on the dining table, or use for a pop of color along the kitchen counter.

3. Patterson chair // My chair obsessions are real. Would love to own a store with nothing but chairs to mix and match!

4. Pierre bar cart // Elevate your bar cart with a touch of terrazzo and muted pastel palette. 

5. Woven edna pillow  // I can't have roundup without including a pillow! Chunky texture, yet comfortable feel. 

6. Hand-embroidered safari rug // Layer over a larger neutral rug, use as a stand alone next to your bed, or in the bathroom. Endless possibilities for this fun piece. 

7. Be my guest decorative tray // How cute?! Use it in your guest bedroom as a catchall or  serving tray. 

8. Kalmar armchair // Another chair, for another lounge opportunity. Love the design of the reclaimed wood and fabric choice. Bit of a traditional modern feel. 

9.  Laura taper holder // Always good to have a beautiful candle holder on hand. It's fancy without being fussy. 

10. Zephyr dinner plate // Stoneware is having its moment! Affordable, dishwasher safe, and you can mix and match colors as you please. 

An Eclectic Mix of Modern Furniture

Moody jewel tones to bright pinks with metallic finishes sets the tone for this post. Additionally, each piece expresses the melding of new (modern) and old (traditional), and how color truly sets the overall tone of any space.  While this palate isn’t for everyone – it is a welcomed juxtaposition to minimalism or the Scandinavian-modern style that has reached every corner of the interior design world. Don’t get me wrong- I LOVE Scandinavian-modern, but I have yet to successfully live in such a minimalist  space!  Cristina Celestino ottoman’s are a modern update in suede and leather – almost too beautiful to want to sit on or rest one’s feet atop. The vintage pair of wall lights from the apartment are hot pink fringe. Need I say more? If you are looking for a comfortable and totally lounge-worthy sofa, Toward designed by Anne Boysen is for you. It comes in five color combinations and features solid oak legs, and brass or aluminum “shoes.” Now depending upon how bold and beautiful you want your space to be – you can continue with this color palate regarding your rug choice, or you can bring-in some neutral texture to let your furniture and other objects stand out.  And bring some saturated color to your outdoor area with this pair of peter shire painted metal chairs.

Floral + Fauna

Floral patterns keep coming back, or perhaps they have never left. And they are a refreshing pattern to infuse throughout your home in the warmer months. As a personal preference regarding furniture, textiles, and the like, I gravitate AWAY from muted large floral patterns circa the late 1980s through the 1990s. I love the patterns that invoke a midsummers party, Botticelli paintings, hand-drawn animals, and the like. Scroll through for current favorites to update and refresh your space for summer. For a bold and beautiful statement, the ARTEMIS Wallpaper Amaranth Pink by HOH x William Morris is divine. This wallpaper would work well in a dining room, hallway, or powder room. If wallpaper is too much of a commitment: hang an original acrylic piece by Jess Phoenix. The Branded Stripe Losange Chair is a modern-traditional and monochromatic nod to fauna. Another chair, because one isn't enough: the floral accent chair that works year round. Comfortable for lounging as well. Rifle Paper Co. offers fabric in addition to their beautiful paper collections. Grab their new Wonderland Collection fabric bundle to create any and every type of textile one can imagine. This collection features floral, fauna, and delightful geometric patterns in rich colors. Holli Zollinger designed the versatile Deny Desert Moonflower Credenza. Its metal legs are removable and features an adjustable shelf inside. Rounding out this list of flora + fauna is the Holy Mountain Embroidered Coverlet by Aelfie. It's bold, beautiful, embroidered and for both adults and kids, or perhaps the adult child!!

Pink on Pink on Flamingos

Holy pink! One of my favorite colors and animals is everywhere in design as of late. Now, pink is a tricky color, because the wrong shade can mimic pepto-bismol, and too much pink is overwhelmingly frightening.  Flamingos on the other hand are simply fabulous.  And I am enjoying their less campy iterations currently found in design (from interiors to fashion).  But nothing is wrong with a little outdoor whimsy to bring inside for a punch of color. Back to the pink- the glas italia table iridescent pink, blue, yellow hues bring a modern glow to your space. Its simple form and modern assembly works well as an accent or side table in ones living room or bedroom. Textiles and texture are presented well in a dark spotty pink on the flutura occasional chair.  And if you prefer pink with a deep purple/blue undertone the patricia urquiola upholstered modular sofa for moroso is lounge and envy worthy.  The geometric pastel pink pillow with gold accent is one of my paintings transformed to textile.  Rest your head on some art. (gorgeous marble and metal shelving found via Pinterest)

Modern Mondays: Mid-Century Garden

Springtime has arrived, with a tease of summer weather.  All I want to do is lounge outside with a cold beverage-in-hand with books (or magazines) galore.  Mid-Century modern outdoor furniture has seen a surge in reproductions or like-minded designs from popular furniture design stores and pop-ups.  And there is reason for it- timeless design aesthetic with simple and effortless looking lines that complement lounging.  I am also partial to power-coated steel and wood outdoor furniture. These materials couple well with bold textile accents.  Also, the true vintage ones have beautiful aqua, pinks, and orange colors that offer the perfect pop of color to an outdoor backdrop. Now get outside.

Chair Obsessions Part Five: I Need Them All

WHOA. It has been too long (January!) since the last round-up of my current chair obsessions. For this round-up there is no theme. Some are leather, others painted, metal accents, maybe color punch worthy fabric too.  To begin is the Robin Day Festival Hall 658 chair. A beautiful retro chair with blonde wood and fabric components. The Tropicalia chair by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso is both playful and bold, and is the perfect punch of color for your space. I enjoy the geometric forms created by its multiple colors that are also used to create a pattern. Now, for those that source eco-friendly furnishings, the Ciel! chair for Tabisso is an elegant high-end chair both for residential and office use. Its craftsmanship takes into account the full life-cycle of its design, from inception through production. Combining both retro aesthetics with bold colors and form, the Ignacia chair by Sergio Martinez is statement worthy. It is the perfect accent chair.  Rounding out this Chair Obsessions is the Leather Tillie Armchair.  A modern spin on a classic English leather wrapped chair with a houndstooth cushion. It is time to lounge. 

Metallics: The Bold and the Beautiful

Metallics are one of my favorite mediums to decorate with. From lighting to accessories, art, and even textiles, they add warmth and intrigue. Whether you use them as the focal point of your space, or more subtly with pops spread about, you can’t go wrong. And they can be used year round. My current favorites include: the gami rose gold candleholder from cb2. Its geometric and glows when you light your tealight. Also from cb2, the liberty pendant light is an overscaled modern update of your traditional pendant lighting. With a brass interior, your room is sure to glow in its warmth. While your lounging, wrap yourself in the grey stripes moroccan wedding blanket- sequence included for some metallic sparkle. This blanket from maven collection would also be a beautiful addition to your bed. For a little mid-century geometric glam, the worlds away surf coffee table with gold leaf legs and a black marble top is a must. Love those angular legs! Lastly, I can not say metallics without mentioning Tom Dixon. Besides wanting everything, the scoop high copper legs chair will do. Whether for dining or as a side chair, comfort and modern elegance are combined in this sculptural chair. Now go add some bold and beautiful metallics to your space. 

Office Space

While it is already hard to work when summer is here, it's even harder to work in an uninspiring space. Currently, I am beginning to spruce-up, reorganize and revitalize my studio. Three necessary components for me are: a fantastic chair (maybe even two), a desk with ample room, and storage. The A-Frame table from Duffy London is a creative space-saving piece of furniture. Its adjustable legs makes it work as a dinning, desk, or coffee table. For storage that is actually aesthetically pleasing - Ferm Living is the place. I am currently obsessed with their wire baskets, boxes,  and brass trays.  And for a little lounging while in your work space - the Lounge Chair by Hans J. Wegner is just what you need. However, most important for me is to fill the space with inspiring art (not just my own), books, magazines, flowers, and whatever else one needs to keep the creativity flowing.  Enjoy! 

Dinner at a Gathering

Making food, drinking bubbles, sharing stories, and laughing until it hurts - memories are created at gatherings around the dining table.  While eating and drinking with family and friends is one of my most cherished things to do, dining tables are a great facilitator to enjoying said gatherings. The Surf-Ace table is a current furniture obsession. Meant to mimic the material and construction of surfboards, this wood table is sweet on the eyes with its seamless edges and beautiful curves.  If traditional or retro with a flare of contemporary is your style preference, the Adara or Brownstone Madison are beautiful rectangular topped table choices.  The Mango Wood Bowl table is a multifunctional option with removable legs, converting the table into a lacquered tray or bowl. Rounding out this collection of dinning tables is KST. Its traditional round marble top juxtaposed by modern geometric legs adds a pop of color and fun to any space. 

Get Outside Part Two

Clean lines and a mix of woods, powder-coated metal, and colorful textiles- it is time to get outdoors and lounge about. Thankfully, spring has sprung and rainy weeks are giving way to sunshine filled days. However, for those still too-chilly spring evenings (or last summer days) the heated outdoor furniture by Galanter Jones is a must. I love the simple curvy shape and stone material. To add color punch to your outdoors, the Acapulco multi lounge chair from cb2 and Fauteuil Caracas by Colonel are a must. Playful shapes, durable materials, and just the right shades of aqua, yellows, and pinks. For long hours of lounging, the Huron Large Lounge Chair & Ottoman from west elm is what you need (and I want). Its all weather cord is perfect for sudden downpours, and its simplicity brings elegance to any outdoor space. I couldn't resist the Cobbler Stool in teak by Skagerak, its perfect for extra seating indoors or out. The same can be said for the PS Sandskar table from ikea. In doors or out, this table does double duty when the table top unscrews to become a serving tray. And, how could I not include an outdoor textile: Summer Triangles by her art. Its bold, colorful, geometric, and perfect for outdoor naps. 

Modern Mondays: Lilly Reich

Often overlooked, but not forgotten, is the German-born designer and close collaborator to Mies van der Rohe, Lilly Reich.  She began her career by designing furniture and clothing, along with shop window display designs. In 1912, Lilly joined the Deutscher Werkbund, and in 1920 she became the organizations first female director. Through their shared involvement with the Deutscher Werkbund, Mies and Lilly became close design collaborators for several Deutscher Werkbund exhibitions. Throughout the 1920s & 1930s they collaborated on several projects, including furniture pieces often solely attributed to Mies. 

Transparent Surfaces

Decorating with transparent surfaces brings an unexpected element of surprise and illusion into a space. Tokujin Toshioka designs the most stunning furniture pieces that appear to float or magically disappear into their surroundings. The armchair from his Invisibles Light Collection is a covet-worthy piece. Along those lines is the Louis Ghost Chair by Philippe Starck for Kartell. Whether crystal clear, or opaque black, these chairs are a contemporary take on a classic silhouette. From the functional to whimsical, transparent surfaces also offer space saving solutions (illusions!) for small spaces. CB2 has a variety of acrylic furniture pieces that are simple, sleek, and multifunctional. Lastly, I couldn’t resist the playful nature of John Brauer’s Illusion Table. The acrylic is genius and bold in mimicking an actual table cloth. A transparent trompe l'oeil. 

Modern Mondays: Eames molded wood side chair

"It’s been more than 70 years since the Eameses began experimenting with molded wood, using their “Kazam! Machine” to press thin sheets of wood veneer against a heated membrane that was inflated by a bicycle pump. As the designers pushed the material as far as it could go, they continued to explore and discover, surrendering to the design process that ultimately led to their Molded Plastic Chair. In its longstanding commitment to the Eameses’ vision of continued exploration, discovery and refinement, Herman Miller introduces the Molded Wood Side Chair (1950)." - Design Within Reach

Modern Mondays: Kartell

Kartell is a longstanding favorite for modern and contemporary furniture design and production with a 60-year history to prove it. Kartell products are multifunctional and feature an astounding visual appeal with instances of playful wit. And the most important (perhaps the driving force behind the longevity of Kartell) is the constant evolution of material through technologies. Kartell materials are both functional and aesthetic fetes showcased in multidimensional collaborations with some of the words best designers. 

 

Furniture Objects Part Three: Bold & Beautiful

The bold & the beautiful sets the tone for this round-up of furniture objects. I am currently obsessed with the coffee tables comprised of marble yet used like paper to create ORIGAMI & Earthquake 5.9 furniture collections by Patricia Urquiola. The subtle colors are divine as well. Similar in color, the Mimosa side table (1984) by Ettore Sottsass takes my favorite beverage and re-imagines it as a subdued neon furniture object. Another furniture object that blurs into the world of art is the wire furniture series which resembles wire drawings by Jinil Park. The steel is transformed into distorted lines that when welded together form the furniture as a whole. Concrete cabinet by Jean Willoughby is the perfect combination of wood and concrete. The functional piece showcases the beauty rather than the utilitarian side of concrete. Finally, I could not resist a plywood crafted piece. The plywood table legs almost mimic crosshatching in their elegant geometric form. What better way to start your new year than interjecting color and unexpected textures and forms into your surroundings.

Traditional and Modern

I enjoy mixing traditional and modern pieces in a space. And often my favorite room in homes is the living room - a perfect space to mix and match.  Whether the space acts as a neutral backdrop to the furniture or the opposite; mixing traditional with the modern results in comfortable (perhaps bohemian) luxury with clean lines, neutral tones, and vivid patterns. A home in Russia features a timber interior as a backdrop for a neutral sofa and patterned textiles. Fergana by Patricia Urquiola for Moroson is an entirely wood framed sofa with comfortable cushions. The large cushions display delicate weavings which draw on traditional and modern techniques. The sofa is intended to be placed as an island in a space, rather than pushed up against a wall.  The Goddard Sofa is a fabulous example of combining traditional and modern elements that result in a contemporary shape with a refined feel. True understated luxury. Or the Abel sofa from BDDW. Impeccable craftsmanship with blackened cast bronze legs and wool herringbone fabric.  All of these sofas embrace traditional and modern aesthetics. 

Black Accents

Black Accents whether in art, architecture, textiles, fashion, or interior design are my favorite. I have an inclination towards the bold pop black adds to its surroundings, and if it incorporates a geometric or minimalist twist, even better. Here is my round-up of current favorite black accents: 1. Love this modern interior photographed by Heidi Lerkenfeldt that showcases a variety of black accents from furniture, textiles, and a lamp.  2. The furniture object with some monochromatic punch in the Brooklyn home of Hannelore Knuts & Nicolas Provost. 3. Eames wire chair with a black leather "bikini" cushion. Perfect. 4. A black & white rug from House Doctor that features a geometric print (clearly I am a sucker for this design aesthetic). 5. Jean-Christophe Aumas' multihued Paris apartment. A perfect example to go bold and dark with wall color. The dark paint shown is from Dulux Valentine. 6. Black & white hand-woven rugs made in Sardinia and designed by Carollna Mells. Woven in the pibiones technique that creates a raised effect. 7. The black accent featured on the Cappellini Bac  chair designed by Jasper Morrison offers a nice contrast to the light wood frame.

Wood Metal and Leather

Alright, I absolutely love the combination of wood, metal, and leather. Three elements, textures, and finishes that when combined, produce endless furniture possibilities. BDDW has me excited about American crafted furniture again. Their Bronze Trestle Table and Lake Mid Credenza showcase true craftsmanship with metal accents. It is furniture that melds the natural with the industrial. Another metal and wood combination manufactured in the U.S. is the formed steel with solid walnut wood seat by Lockwood. For storage, I am currently all about the Chevron Grain dresser from West Elm. Love the grain of the wood with the subtle yet sophisticated brass-finished hardware. Now for the leather. The brass thin-framed chairs by Lawson-Fenning are obsession worthy. And how could I almost forget the gold medal of modernist furniture perfection, the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman. Need I say more. 

Wood Matters Part Three: Angles and Lines

Furniture collections or stand-alone pieces that showcase  wood through unexpected angles and continuous lines are my favorite. Hugh MIller of HM Handmade features this in his Folded Record Bureau. And it is SO FABULOUS. The bureau recalls mid-century modern simplicity, but with contemporary originality. Love the angled storage areas for records, and how the turntable is flush with the table surface. I also love his backgammon table that incorporates magazine or book storage (or instructions on how to play). The pop of color and geometric detail along the table top make this piece all the better.  Another favorite of the moment is the New Alto home desk designed by Andreas Engesvik. The design incorporates a solid wood base with a delicate table top. I enjoy how the sides of the table top delicately flare upward, which juxtaposes its linear solid base.   Enjoy these beautiful wooden angles + and lines!